Jane Austen’s classic PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
lives in this beautiful, illustrated edition
abounding in courtship drama,
treachery, and romance.
Austin portrays marriage based on material motives, the desire for stability, and finally, on mutual love and respect.
“Indeed, since their chief alternatives to marriage were remaining spinsters or becoming governesses, [a woman’s] decision about marriage might be the most important one she would make.”
—Leroy Smith, Jane Austen and the Drama of Women
Elizabeth’s father: “I mean, that no man in his senses would marry Lydia on so slight a temptation as one hundred a year during my life, and fifty after I am gone.”
“That is very true,” said Elizabeth